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SNAKE CITY

Friday, April 10th, 2015

4.9.15 – Drawing with pen

Snake City

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December 2014

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

It’s been a great month here at BrianLeahyArt. I had the amazing chance to travel to Art Basel in Miami this year. It was…wow. An international art event, for starters. Incredible variety of incredible work everywhere. Famous people all over. 80 degree sunny weather in December didn’t hurt either. I had never been to Miami before, much less to a city packed with so much culture and art for one of the biggest events in the international art world. It’s hard to describe it all, but there were more shows, galleries, special events, and notable artists in one place than you could possibly see in the time it ran. My favorite part of the trip was Wynwood Walls, a self-contained concrete garden of huge walls painted by some of the best known street artists (Swoon, How & Nosm, Shepard Fairey, Cryptik…the list goes on). The art was not limited to the Wynwood complex itself- it seemed like every possible wall in the next 5 block radius was painted, and it was pretty much all amazing quality work. Plus more art was still going up as we stood there. We watched artists all over the place, painting through the afternoon into the evening. Let’s just say it was an incredibly inspiring moment.

One of the biggest things that occurred to me was that these artists were beyond prolific. They worked hard and they worked fast, often on a huge scale, and they traveled the planet doing this, as often as they could. I realized, I WANT TO DO THAT. Having *finally* completed “Don’t Be Afraid Of Starting Over”, a 4 x 6′ painting on wood that took me approximately 6 months, this trip happened at the perfect time. I got to thinking…really the only reason this painting took so long is because I actually didn’t work on it all that frequently. I would sporadically take 2-3 hour stabs at it, but I seemed to be held back by the fear of messing something up, or by the uncertainty of which part to paint next. If I learned anything from the trip to Miami, it was that I should be more concerned with just DOING, rather than waiting for the perfect moment of inspiration or whatever. It’s time to crank up my output, and just gain experience by doing.

With that thought in mind I’ve started a sketchbook routine. Here’s some sketches from December.

Constellation // Guardian 1

Constellation // Guardian 1

Constellation // Guardian 2

Constellation // Guardian 2

2014-12-15 23.48.36-1

Animal Expressions 1

Animal Expressions 1

Animal Expressions 2

Lol Tree

Lol Tree T Shirt

Strange caterpillar // skeleton creature

Strange caterpillar // skeleton creature, afraid of what he might become

Hey kid you wanna see my sketchbook

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013
Funny how it’s often harder to keep a sketchbook than it is to make whole pieces of art.
'Round here I can't sleep no more, baby

‘Round here I can’t sleep no more, baby

Possibly the 1st airport drawing I ever did. I f$#@ing hate flying

Possibly the 1st airport drawing I ever did. I f$#@ing hate flying

Chairlift quote!

Chairlift quote!

Cookie cutter study

study for cookie cutter technique

Crazy flower Forest Moon Sketch

study for 'Great American Prairie'

study for ‘Great American Prairie’

LOOK UP

LOOK UP

Another entry in the airplane session series 'Thank You SkyMall'

Another entry in the airplane session series ‘Thank You SkyMall’

Mountain Hospital study

Mountain Hospital study

Mountain Hospital Study

Mountain Hospital Study

Orange Shake Rollin Over

My friend requested a drawing with vikings, robots, and tetras

My friend Josh requested a drawing incorporating vikings, robots, and Tetris. I was down

White Denim, "Get Back To Love (Street Love)"

White Denim, “Get Back To Love (Street Love)”